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48 articles published/printed


Unpublished Tezuka cartoon sheets shown

May 19, 2013

Unpublished Tezuka cartoon sheets shown

A cartoonist has acquired nine unpublished comic strip sheets created by the late artist Osamu Tezuka, who gained fame for his “Astro Boy” and “Black Jack” series. The sheets were created for four works, including “Metropolis” and “Yubijin” (“Man with a Tail”), which were ...

Philippines rejects Taiwan's allegations of murder

May 19, 2013

Philippines rejects Taiwan's allegations of murder

The Philippines on Saturday rejected Taiwan’s allegations that its coast guard had intentionally murdered a Taiwanese fisherman whose death has triggered a major diplomatic spat. Hong Shi-cheng, a 65-year-old fisherman, was shot dead by the Philippine Coast Guard, who said his vessel intruded into ...

Family photo album of last Russian czar shown for first time

May 19, 2013

Family photo album of last Russian czar shown for first time

Held a virtual prisoner by the Bolsheviks months before his execution, Russia’s last czar Nicholas II pasted informal snapshots of his family into an album that has now come to light in a Russian provincial museum. The photographs, most of which have never been ...

Family drama is reimagined for today's Japan

| May 19, 2013

Family drama is reimagined for today's Japan

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“Kazoku Game (The Family Game),” directed by the late Yoshimitsu Morita and released in 1983, remains a movie milestone. A cynical black comedy, it presented to the world a distillation of the less edifying social outcomes of Japan’s postwar economic miracle. The Numata family ...

Mixi's new boss tells ailing SNS time for changes

May 19, 2013

Mixi's new boss tells ailing SNS time for changes

Mixi Inc. will shore up its faltering earnings by seeking new businesses and doing away with complacency in the face of stiff competition from Facebook, incoming President Yusuke Asakura said Friday. Asakura, who will take the helm of the domestic social-networking site starting in ...

May 19, 2013

Yahoo Japan suspects vast ID theft

Yahoo Japan Corp. suspects that up to 22 million user IDs may have been stolen during an unauthorized attempt to access the administrative system of its Yahoo! Japan portal.

May 19, 2013

Not so happy Mother's Day

Once the Mother's Day advertising displays came down, it was back to the grim reality of being a mother in Japan rather than in other developed countries.

May 19, 2013

Gap-year system starts

The first group of students at the University of Tokyo have submitted their plans and embarked on a new "gap year program" to learn from the world.

The other costs of concrete

| May 19, 2013

The other costs of concrete

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Where does concrete come from? The material has become such a pervasive symbol of human alienation from nature that it's tempting to assume it's just another brutish product of the 18th-century Industrial Revolution.

Taking it easy on stroll-size Omi-jima

May 19, 2013

Taking it easy on stroll-size Omi-jima

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Mr. Hirohisa had made it clear when I called him from the nearest mainland city to the island — Nagato in western Honshu's Yamaguchi Prefecture — that there would be no supper provided that night; nor would he be able to pick me up ...

Surviving dangerous encounters

May 19, 2013

Surviving dangerous encounters

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In “The Lion’s Game” (2000) and “The Lion” (2010), Nelson DeMille’s character NYPD Detective John Corey battles and defeats Asad Khalil, a brilliant Libyan terrorist who infiltrates the U.S. to extract revenge for the deaths of family members killed in a U.S. air raid ...

Burns heroics give B-Corsairs shot at championship

May 19, 2013

Burns heroics give B-Corsairs shot at championship

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Unbelievable energy. Splendid self confidence. Never-wavering faith in his abilities or his teammates. Those are ingredients to success for Draelon Burns, the Yokohama B-Corsairs’ super substitute. Burns buried a remarkable three buzzer-beating shots to close out the three final quarters, and his team needed ...

Fukuoka blows out Kyoto, clinches spot in title game

May 19, 2013

Fukuoka blows out Kyoto, clinches spot in title game

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It is impossible to hide their collective desire to win a championship. For the Rizing Fukuoka, the intensity of their 55th game this season produced a collective trademark that was evident since the start of the 2012-13 bj-league season: Reggie Warren’s fiery leadership, Julius ...

Antlers thump Grampus as Zico watches on

May 19, 2013

Antlers thump Grampus as Zico watches on

Kashima Antlers swept past Nagoya Grampus 3-1 in the J. League on Saturday in the presence of the club’s legendary architect Zico. Yasushi Endo, Atsutaka Nakamura and Yuya Osako scored for Antlers, who are in fourth after seizing the matchup that helped launch the ...

Hakuho tops Takarafuji to keep flawless record

May 19, 2013

Hakuho tops Takarafuji to keep flawless record

Hakuho kept his eyes firmly on the prize and wrapped up the first week of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with another high-octane performance against Takarafuji on Saturday. His sights set on a 25th championship title, Hakuho put on a clinic in his first ...